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Illustrator and Cartoonist, Hrishiraj Gawali tells us about his art journey and it is a reflection of the society.

Hrishiraj Gawali - Art

Hrishiraj’s journey in art started with doodles on his bedroom wall as a child. With his passion he saw his career unfold in the creative field. He believes there is no end to this journey as it is ever evolving and expanding.

Hrishiraj Gawali - Art

Fortunately, for Hrishiraj his creative endeavours have been smooth and fruitful until now. He is enjoying his journey and hopes for it to continue this way. While creating his art, Hrishiraj is organic about his process. Instead of chasing theories and philosophies of art, he would rather dive into the work and see what appears on the canvas. He generally uses Photoshop to paint, but he also loves the traditional medium of paint on canvas, pastels and watercolours on paper, etc.

Hrishiraj Gawali - Art

The art that Hrishiraj creates is a reflection of the society, thus he draws his inspiration from the things he sees around him. His Transgender series is one such reflection. Transgender or eunuchs have been marginalised in India on many fronts.

Hrishiraj Gawali - Art

They have faced harsh discrimination in health, housing, education, employment, immigration and law. Yet, peculiarly, their blessings are considered very auspicious, and curse is one to avoid. This series illustrates some of the day to day aspects of their lives, right from dressing up for a function, to being shunned by the society.

Speaking of design trends, Hrishiraj believes the trend is moving towards making artwork quickly. And plenty of software technologies are being built to cater to this need.

Published in Issue 48

A Freelancer’s Life in India! Every day, with a dream of ‘Being Your Boss,’ many creative professionals jump into the pool of freelancing. But many are not well prepared for the life of the freelancer, which brings many challenges along with benefits. So to explore further, we interviewed many freelance illustrators and designers to get answers to the question you should ask before taking the final call of becoming your boss! So, if you are planning to or have already become a freelancer then this issue is a must-read for you.

 

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